Drop your Donations for Victims of Cyclone Idai at Radio Veritas

IdaiFollowing the call by the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and international Catholic Aid organisation, Caritas, for urgent aid for the victims of Cyclone Idai which recently devasted parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, Radio Veritas has offered its services as drop off point for donations of food and other items as per the list below.

Anyone wishing to make a practical donation may drop it off at the Radio Veritas offices at 88, 8th Avenue, Edenvale.  

Caritas have a primary mission through our Church to serve, accompany and defend the poor.  There is immediate relief and support needed following the natural disaster last weekend of Cyclone Idai.  We need to remember that we must accompany our neighbours and aid them with recovery and healing over time.  Our colleagues from Caritas Internationalis and within the affected countries are already on the ground since last week assisting.  We need to support them.

What you can do:

  1. Financial Aid: The SACBC has already sent financial aid to the affected countries - more is needed.  If you can afford; please send donations to :

Bank:                           Standard Bank
Account name:            Caritas Pretoria NPO
Account Type:             Current
Account number:        011805617
Branch code:               051001
Reference:                   Cyclone Emergency Relief & Name

  1. Practical Aid:
  • Collection of non-perishable foods, bottled water and other goods needed. See below for details.
  • Volunteer your time within your local parish.
  • Specialist assistance with logistics such as assistance with providing packing materials and transportation.
  1. How?
  • We ask that through your local parish churches, Catholic Organisations and Sodalities you arrange drop off points within your own community.
  • Caritas Diocesan Team will then be in contact with you to arrange collection and onward transportation.

We will be working with our Caritas colleagues and their teams on the ground in the affected areas to ensure the goods are safely received and distributed to those in need.

For any additional information please contact Marie McCrea +27 (0) 79 6920365 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanking you for your support and prayers.

Archbishop W. Slattery OFM

The following list is not exhaustive but indicative of what is required.  No perishable goods please.

Practical Goods Needed


Practical Goods Needed

Candles / Solar Lights



Sanitary Products for women

Laundry Soap

Baby Nappies/Terry Cloth

Hand Soap

Vaseline and/or Vicks and/or Zambuk

Toilet Paper

Baby Bottles for feeding

Plastic Buckets

Sealable/Airtight Storage Containers – all sizes


Also critical is - Shelter – such as tents, iron sheeting, tarp’

Seeds for planting food for the future


Food Items


Food Items

Bottled Water

Mielie Meal

Tinned /Canned Food – vegetables, beans, soups

Rice / Samp

Baby Milk Formula (e.g. Nan, Isomil, Lactogen)

Cooking Oil



Long Life Milk



Clothing/Bedding Items



Ideally warm and washable


All ages – babies, toddlers, children, adults, (male & female) – in decent condition please


All sizes – male & female – including Wellington Boots

Bed Linen

Basic fitted sheets, pillows and pillow cases (not feather)


From face cloths through to hand and bath towels

52942193 1816851781750654 7321671568860381184 n52898415 1816852065083959 7238099292055928832 nRadio Veritas & Radio Pulpit Make History at Women's World Day of Prayer

Radio Veritas South Africa and Radio Pulpit made history as the Church in South Africa joined the global community in praying with and for women recently. A record-breaking attendance of 3 000 women of different Christian denominations attended the Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Moroka, Soweto, on Saturday 2nd March.

The Day was initiated by the International Women’s World Day of Prayer ecumenical movement some 89 years ago, and is celebrated in more than 170 countries with the country of Slovenia being the main focus this year. Testimonies from Slovenian women were submitted outlining the hardships that they go through.

Rev. Nomsa Nomqolo, a minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa presided over the service this year. She is also the Superintendent of the Orlando Circuit which caters for Orlando West Methodist Church, Orlando North, Orlando East, Noordgesig and Pennyville respectively.

The keynote speaker  at the day of prayer was the iconic Mrs. Sophia (Sophie) Williams De Bruyn, who on the 9 August, 1956, together with Lillian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, and Helen Joseph, led the march of 20 000 women from Pretoria to the Union Buildings to hand over petitions opposing the Pass Laws.

Other speakers included Her Excellency, Ambassador Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza who was recently awarded the Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Pastor Gwendoline Matshoba-Sibeko and Pastor Anna Mmotlana.

This year’s theme was based on the words from the parable of Luke 14:  15 – 24 – Come, Everything is Ready. This was indeed a groundbreaking day for Women and the Church in South Africa.

Pictures: Mrs Sophia - affectionately known as “Mam Sophie” -  Williams De Bruyn (left) to many of us together with Pastor Anna Mmotlana (right) inspire women at the#RadioVeritasSouthAfrica and #RadioPulpitWomen’s World Day of Prayer which took place at Regina Mundi Catholic Church recently

patrogersTelevision broadcaster and Radio Veritas Pioneer Pat Rogers, 87, has died.

He passed away early on the morning of Sunday, December 23 at the Helderberg Nursing Home in Somerset West after a short illness.

He was due to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Anne in two weeks time, and he is survived by Anne, his son Guy, step-children Nicholas and Jane, and three grandchildren

Pat Rogers was an incisive and charismatic interviewer and a natural communicator, with a passion for exposing injustice. He did much to expose apartheid through his award-winning current affairs programmes Midweek and Agenda, in the early years of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Later he fell foul of the corporation after objecting to his programmes being overseen by the then Nationalist Party government, and he was forced to resign.

Patrick Michael Rogers was born on March 29 1931 in Ladybrand in the Orange Free State. He was one of four children, the oldest of whom was Bob, who became South Africa’s most highly decorated wartime pilot and the head of the South African Airforce.

When the family moved to Johannesburg, Rogers went to school at Marist Brothers Observatory, where he flourished academically and at boxing, and after school he moved north to do a stint with the British South African Police, patrolling the Rhodesian bush on horseback.

From there he moved into journalism for the first time, working for Horizon magazine and the South African Press Association. He joined Rhodesia Television and was then transferred to Northern Rhodesia for the launch of television there in 1964. With outside broadcasting still in its infancy, he conceived and organised hugely popular boxing matches in the studio grounds and produced them live for television.

He resigned after being summoned by then Northern Rhodesian president Kenneth Kaunda who ordered him to scrap his story about violent clashes between government forces and Alice Lenshina’s Lumpa Church.

Rogers emigrated to Australia where he joined the Australia Broadcasting Corporation and co-hosted their highly rated This Day Tonight current affairs programme. His experience there made him a valued catch for the SABC when he returned to South Africa eight years later.
After the SABC, he did stints in high-pressure public relations posts with the Putco bus company and the Chamber of Mines and later joined Father Emil Blaser to help establish the Catholic radio station Radio Veritas.

On the back of the reputation, he had built as a broadcaster he was asked by Progressive Federal Party leader Tony Leon to stand for the Johannesburg city council in the May 1987 local election. He did and won the Parks seat for the PFP giving the party a first-ever though short-lived majority in Johannesburg over the Nationalists.

In 1994 he submitted a proposal to the parliamentary committee on justice to use electronic media to convey to the public democracy in action in the new South Africa, arguing that there should be live television and radio coverage of parliament, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the courts. The proposal was subsequently taken up by the SABC.

Rogers had a deep-seated dislike of bullies but he was as often charming and funny as he was angry. His ire at the injustices of apartheid was transferred to the incoming African National Congress as it slipped from one disgrace to another. But he was always happy to rein back his anger in the face of individual integrity and humanity.

Former senior newspaperman and friend Richard McNeil said Rogers’s sharp intellect had always made for interesting conversation at dinner parties.

“It made jawing with him over the dinner table such fun and so stimulating.

“Publicly Pat was fearless and uncompromising, not one to suffer fools gladly, which didn’t endear him to the powers-that-be in broadcasting or politics. I suppose you could describe him as an activist for common sense, fairness, justice and no bull.”

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